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Taleeb Noormohamed wins Vancouver Granville for the Liberals

Elections Canada said mail-in ballots are still being counted for two other close ridings — Richmond Centre and Nanaimo-Ladysmith.

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Taleeb Noormohamed has won the riding of Vancouver Granville for the Liberal Party in a closely-contested race.

The race was too close to call on election night, but with all mail-in ballots counted for the riding, Noormohamed has maintained his slim lead over the New Democrat candidate, edging out Anjali Appadurai by a margin of 436 votes.

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Noormohamed, a tech executive, earned 34 per cent of the vote in the riding, which swings back to the Liberals following his win.

The riding was formerly represented by Jody Wilson-Raybould, who quit Cabinet in 2019 after a public clash with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and ran and won as an independent in that year’s federal election.

NDP candidate Anjali Appadurai received 33 per cent of the vote followed by Conservative candidate Kailin Che, who garnered nearly 29 per cent.

The final federal election result may be delayed until the weekend — or even longer — because thousands of mail-in ballots have still to be counted.

Twelve ridings did not start counting mail ballots until Friday, Elections Canada confirmed.

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In two tight races in B.C. — in Nanaimo-Ladysmith and Richmond Centre — postal votes could clinch the final result.

Officials started counting mail ballots on Friday morning in Nanaimo-Ladysmith, a three-way battle between the NDP, Tories and Greens, according to Elections Canada. Votes tallied on election night from polling stations suggest the NDP have a narrow lead in the B.C. riding.

In Richmond Centre, with all of the mail-in ballots counted on Friday afternoon, Liberal candidate Wilson Miao is holding on to a 700-vote win over closest opponent Alice Wong, who represents the Conservatives.

In Nanaimo-Ladysmith, mail-in ballots would determine the outcome of a battle between Lisa Marie Barron of the NDP and Conservative Tamara Kronis who are separated by about 1,000 votes. Incumbent Paul Manly of the Green Party is in third place.

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Elections Canada had expected counting to have finished by Friday. But the count in some ridings might continue into the weekend, before a final result can be announced.

Officials have to check and verify mail-in ballots before starting to count them, to ensure they have been signed and people have not voted twice.

In some ridings,more than 10,000 mail ballots had to be verified before the count could start. A record number of postal votes was received at this election, some from people who did not want to vote in person during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Elections Canada said in a statement that in more than 300 ridings counting has now finished.

Recounts are expected in a few ridings with very close results, such as Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia-Headingley in Manitoba where the Conservatives edged out the Liberals by only 24 votes

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Elections expert Dennis Pilon said mail-in ballots “had made a difference in a few races.”

Pilon, an associate professor of politics at York University, said in very close races parties might ask for a recount, particularly if “spoiled” ballots were a matter of dispute.

He said scrutineers from each party carefully monitor how counts are conducted to ensure every vote they receive is tallied.

They pay particular attention to “spoiled” ballots, disregarded because they have been improperly filled out, or are difficult to interpret, in races with a photo-finish.

With files from The Canadian Press

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